Post # 1
I’m sure there are a few opinions on this, but what would you say the maximum number of syllables should be in a hyphinated name? How long is too long? I suppose part of it depends on how long your first name is as well. And it vairies hugely with different cultures.
I have been thinking of double-barreling my last name with my SO’s after we marry, but I think it might be a bit of a mouthful, especially when including the first name.
I like the idea of sharing a last name with him, especially as I like the sound of it and it’s a rare Amer-Indian name. But I don’t want to give up the name I have or even bury it in the middle. I would rather just keep my name as it is now than switch completely. Hyphenating would be ideal, so long as it isn’t way too long. My mum and sister don’t like how they sound together and I haven’t discussed it with many other people yet. My So likes it, but he is probably biased since it would be a way of giving me his name. I was wondering what opinions people would generally have.
My first name is 3 syllables and our last names are similar to Karney and Dehandon. You can probably guess which is the Amer-Indian one. So for example, what would you think of the name Amelia* Karney-Dehandon? …I hope this is altered enough not to be googlable.
Post # 3
I like the sound of it: I really like hyphenated last names, and I have lately been considering hyphenating mine. I, like you, would rather keep my last name than bury it, and that’s what i’m currently planning to do unless I can convince my fi to hyphenate. He has a 2 syllable last name and mine is only one, but I’m afraid they don’t sound very good together!
Post # 4
My name goes like this: 4 syllable first name + 3 syllable last name + 3 syllable last name. I hate it. it’s really long and rarely fits into the space required to write your name in official documents/forms. If I could take my husband’s last name, I would. But I live in a province where I cannot do so. You should think about what will be easiest to pronounce by a variety of different people.
Post # 5
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I think they sound good together! I wish mine were so easy, lol. I have a 3 syllable first name, no middle name, and a two-word/4 syllable last name, while FI’s last name is only 2 syllables.
Post # 6
I feel like my last name alone is too long (4 syllables) so I would only hyphenate if your new last name would be 3 or less.
Post # 7
I am hyphanating. And have aquired a very long last name. 18 characters long (2 syllables + 3 syllables) I never thought of my name being too long. The idea of hyphanating, keeping my last name, the one I’ve had for almost 30 years, the one that ties me to my family, and adding his, because it was important to him, was more important to me. If you want to hyphanate, do it because of the principle, and why it is important to you, and try not to be discouraged because of your new name length.
Post # 8
If you want to hyphenate your name, then I don’t think there’s any such thing as too long. It’s your name, so what you want to do with it isn’t really anyone else’s business. If you’re happy with it then it’s all good! I hyphenated mine for the same reasons you want to — I didn’t want to give up my last name or even relegate it to a middle name, but I also wanted to have my husband’s. I actually had always planned on just keeping my name and realized in the last few months before our wedding that I wanted to incorporate DH’s. Both of our last names have three syllables, so I suppose some people think it might be “too long” but I don’t really care, haha. Plus they’re both easy to pronounce. Please don’t let your mom or sister influence what you want to do with your name, it is such a personal decision.
Post # 9
I wouldn’t worry so much about the syllables as I would about the length. FH’s name is already 10 letters long, and it is always getting cut off on forms and credit cards and misspelled.
Post # 10
I hyphenated: three syllable first name, plus two syllables plus one syllable. My new name doesn’t exactly “go” together, but that doesn’t matter to me. I get to keep my family name plus share my new husband’s last name!!
Post # 11
I have a 1 syllable first name, followed by my middle initial, and then a hypenated last name with a 2 syllable – 1 syllable combo. DH’s last name is so common that it was an easy add on. But now, we’re “discussing” last names for babies. I want to hyphenate and think it’s ok to do so!
Post # 12
My only concern would be if both names together are more than 13 characters (excluding the hyphen), since that is the standard number of characters allowed on many forms.
Post # 13
I’m glad several of you seem to like how those names go together. I feel a lot better to have some respones other than my family’s “ew, why on earth would you choose that?” Thanks guys.
Hmm I hadn’t really considered the length of characters being a problem, but I suppose it could be. I suppose if there isn’t room for both names you only put down one? Thirteen seems an odd number of characters to stop at. Perhaps it’s a US thing.
There must be some point where there are too many syllables in a name to even consider hyphinating. For example I wouldn’t dream of hyphinating Apu from The Simpson’s surname (Nahasapeemapetilon). Although that would probably be down to characters too now I think about it…Either way it’s one hell of a mouthful on its own.
Post # 14
I think that sounds really good together! It sounds pretty to me
Post # 15
I think it’s fine and people will eventually get used to it. Something to think about is that hyphens are a bit of logistical nightmare with government agencies. So you would have one big last name legally.
Post # 16
I hyphenated. My name is 3-2, so 5 syllables total.
You legal last name CAN be hyphenated, it doesn’t need all ran together. Mine is hyphenated on all my government paperwork/IDs.